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5.0 out of 5 stars

on 8 January 2010
A wonderful intro to Archie Shepp. And it opens with Naima off the essential 1964 Four for Trane. (Personally I always listened to Four much more than Coltrane's A Love Supreme - or even Giant Steps.)

It would be very expensive to get all the Impulse albums, this has everything worth having after you've bought For for Trane. I think Shepp at his best has so much 'blues and swing', like early Ornette - and unlike a lot of the 60s free jazz. The Ellington references are testament to that. The only regret is the absence of In a Sentimental Mood and Prelude to a Kiss bits off those mid-60s albums. Sophisticated Lady will do though.

Girl from Ipanema and Mama too Tight are fantastic rhythm 'n' garde.

Whatever the critical position on later Shepp (I do like his C.Parker trib of 1980 with NHOP) this stuff is historical documentation and great music.
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